The 220g New House Build

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  1. DarkSky

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    Hey everyone!

    My wife and I moved into our new house last September, so we decided to start a new larger tank build. Our current tank is a 45 gallon rimless, we'll be moving to a 220 gallon acrylic peninsula we bought used courtesy of @Nezw0001.

    The tank is going to be a T5 lit SPS peninsula style tank, dividing our downstairs living room into two areas.

    Stand: 29" 2x6" Stand
    Tank: 220g 6'x30"x24" tall acrylic.
    Lighting: ATI 60" 8 Bulb Powermodule
    Alk/Ca: 2-part dosing
    Controller: Apex EL
    Powerhead(s): 2x Gyre XF280, 2x WAV

    I'll keep updating the parent post with the latest photos, and keep track of progress below.

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    A big thanks to both @nrupaw and @Juskr for the hand moving everything. More beers to come in the future...
     
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    Picking up the tank. Pickup bed is exactly 6ft...

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    ... so a bit hangs off the end.
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    Start the process of cleaning it up. It was painted with blank acrylic where it was in the wall... so I got my scrape on.

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    Several spatulas, credit cards and cricket scrapers later...

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    After the first pass wipe down with magic erasers and six rolls of paper towels. It was f'in' cold doing this in the garage during the winter.

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    Meanwhile, inside the warm house, an overbuilt 2x6" stand was being built. I HEARD THERE ARE SOME FANS HERE OF THESE TYPES OF STANDS?!

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    Dog and wife as reference for stand size. The stand has cross braces now, but I didn't get a picture of those before I put the top/bottom plywood in.

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    Time for the tank to come in. Several passes of 1000/2000 grit sandpaper to get out of the big , deep scratches, and then 3-4 passes of NOVUS 3 and 2 to get it looking like new. Closest panel to the camera was after all that elbow grease, far panel was prior to NOVUS 3-2-1.

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    The dog decided to chew a hole in the wall...

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    So I helped out and made it bigger.

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    It was a perfect spot to put a framed hole in the wall so all the plumbing could go in the back room, afterall.

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    Sump has been purchased. Ended up going with a 75 gallon aqueon aquarium. Baffles coming...

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    Sump in position!
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    Started framing the tank and stand. Our downstairs has a lot of reclaimed wood as the theme, so we're wrapping the tank in more of the same.
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    A look at the fish room in progress. A whole lot of plumbing.

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    Nice progress, excited to see more!


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    Looking great Jeremy, keep us updated
     
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    Great start, I'm jealous as I've always wanted an in-wall or room dividing tank.
     
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    Looks great. I do miss my room dividing tank. So much more real estate.
     
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    Love the wood backdrop, looking like a cool setup!

    Often hear people say peninsulas are challenging for flow at the end. Are you going to try something mechanical or arrange your coral variety accordingly?
     
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    One 280 and two Mp40s on the back pane. Once things start growing out, I'll probably get a couple more MP40s or a MP60 for the peninsula side.
     
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    Wow, that cleaned up nice, you are lucky to have that fish room as well. Looking forward to seeing this progress
     
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    Nice job getting that thing cleaned up. Looks great!
     
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    Thanks! You took great care of it. I couldn't believe how great of shape it is in.
     
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    When I first saw the picture of the 75gal next to your tank, I thought you were going to try and fit it within the already built stand and thought "this is going to be interesting" :p Envious of your fish room. Everything looks great and that tank looks brand new. Great job.
     
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    I thought the same! "No way is he going to be happy with that sump under that stand!"
     
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    Very early plan was to make the stand 38-42" tall when everything was going to go under the tank, now with a fish room right behind it I was able to go much shorter. I planned to make it short enough that I would be able to reach the bottom of the tank without a ladder or stool, buuuuuuuut I didn't account for the bracing so I'll still have to use one.
     
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    Just took out a second mortgage to purchase lighting. I'm having BRS custom order a white 8 bulb ATI Powermodule fixture for me (they're normally available in black in the US). I kept going back and forth with T5 and a few supplemental LED stand alone fixtures and just decided I might as well go for broke and get the one I really wanted.

    At my wife's suggestion, of course. :)
     
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    Your wife needs to meet my wife!!! ;)
     

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